Prince of Ayodhya (Book One of the Ramayana) [Ashok K. Banker] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. THIS IS BRAND NEW BOOK. Ashok Kumar Banker is an author and screenwriter. His writing spans crime thrillers, essays, .. Prince of Ayodhya (); Siege of Mithila (); Demons of Chitrakut (); Armies of Hanuman (); Bridge of Rama (); King of. The original Ramayana was written in Sanskrit by a reformed thief-turned-sage named Valmiki, possibly as long ago as 2, B.C. Now, with breathtaking.

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His Gods of War was released by Penguin in But he and other characters get to be pretty real in this story. Its a family story without the sex and uncensored violence!! Internet Book List website. I have not read the original and have only made do with the epic serial on DD channel during the prex7 TV days — I find this piece interesting to delve in. Lists with This Book.

Jun 15, Darrell rated it it was ok Shelves: So it is a little different than what you would expect! I really don’t think I can spend the time required to read six more volumes in this series. Never have we seen the Ramayana from the eyes of sensuality or lust.

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But no SPAMs, please. And only Rama, Prince of Ayodhya, can hope to prevent the onslaught of darkness. Three of his novels bajker autobiographical elements and are closely related to one another.

It has been called “super-cool” The Hindu”a milestone” India Today and “a magnificent labor of love” Outlook and appeared on most major recommended reading lists during its publication. He has mentioned in interviews how she not only encouraged him to write but even financed the publication of his first book, a collection of his poetry titled Pribce in the Dust of Time, which he self-published at age 15, and which was selected to represent Young India at the World Book Fair in Paris. My librarian told me that this book might be missing as she could not locate it in the shelves.


But it is content of this story which make me feel that it i fiction and not a story of a real man. It’s so foreign to the Western way of portraying characters more realistically.

Vibha 30 June at They have just returned from their student years at Guru Vashishta’s gurukul, and begun to asbok their family again. Great start to the Ramayana series. Kausalya’s motherly affection not coming in the way of her Dharma as a wife, Lakshman and Shatrughan’s gratitude for being their mother’s sons, Dasaratha’s body and mind numbed by old age and years of wavering from his Dharma, S If there is anyone who can write humanised Indian mythology with such vivid description, it can only be Ashok Banker.

Jyoti’s Pages: Prince of Ayodhya by Ashok K. Banker

Because I couldn’t really get past these, I found I couldn’t really enjoy the first half of the book. Some can be understood fairly quickly by the context.

I don’t know how a very highly recommended book with great reviews could turn out to be a disappointment. Mar 28, Meera Srikant rated it really liked it. Ayodhya, the Unconquerable is the legendary capital of warriors and seers, and the greatest fortress of the civilized world. If the author couldn’t stick to that simple fact, which, goes without sayi Ashok Banker is a brilliant writer and this is a great book and he’s got his heart in the right place, but there are some things I’m not happy about.

But then you realize how easy it is to turn the pages. His views often veered from the outright derogatory [17] to effusive praise.

So, it is quite graphic, amorous and you do feel scared for Rama through out the series. Looks like only his father’s “vachan” was meant to be kept and not his. Yes, he proves Rama to be an able warrior and dutiful son but that is about all.

I personally didn’t realize from my reading of the more popular versions that Manthara the hunchbacked maid of the second queen was a double agent for Ravana.

Posted by Jyoti Babel at The New York Times credited him with making mythology the most successful category in Indian publishing, describing his work as being “better written than many books in the genre that have followed — introduced the Ramayana to a new generation of readers.


Did the characters speak in popular Hindi back then? He took Persian and Urdu lessons for a time and even won a college-level prize for Urdu-Translation in collaboration with a Pakistani friend. Prince of Ayodhya was a book I hesitated to pick up because well, it is Ramayana retold. The palace intrigues back in Rama’s native city of Ayodhya are more successful, but ultimately not enough to carry the book. Forget what you read or have known earlier.

Trivia About Prince of Ayodhya Trying to add modern day perspectives does not bring the reader close to the story but quite the opposite. But, alas, that was not to be.

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If there is anyone who can write humanised Indian mythology with such vivid description, it can only be Ashok Banker. I didn’t have much trouble with them, since I’d studied the epic in two different versions at school. The series is ranked at No. Then there were other oddities like references to Dashrata and his ministers dancing the bhangra or people cooking dosa ayochya the streets of Ayodhya – I mean really?

Ayodhys have been on a mythological trip for a while now. But, as I said, Banker’s got his heart in the right place, so I guess you can overlook that.

Banker also does action well, and once he sets up a conflict, he resolves it flawlessly, and fast! Mind you, this is not a version you read to kids. These are minor asides, however and don’t really have an impact on the story as a whole.

This is no Game of Thrones, where you have to wait for a pages for something to happen which you care about. And even if you would like to include details it might take you 10, best case,15 sentences. But still it makes for ayochya read.